Live Events


9am - 4pm, Sat. Oct. 18

Science in Design Summit


Universal Furniture International, Inc., 101 S. Hamilton St.

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

You improve the health of your clients through the beauty and design you create. Are you getting credit for it? The Science in Design Summit provides a deeper understanding of how you impact the health of clients and offers insight on ways to incorporate your new found knowledge in your product selections and services. You will learn from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Calgary Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and numerous medical professionals and scholars. This is the home furnishings industry’s first effort to bring the industry face to face with science, and how design improves emotional and mental health. The conference is based on fact and empirical evidence that documents the expanded health value of good design.

CEU Hours: 6

Speakers: Don Ruggles, Susan Magsamen, Mike Peterson, Linda Kafka, Suchi Reddy

RSVP Required


11am - 12pm, Sat. Oct. 18

The Sustainable Furnishings Council Presents: The Green Ribbon Awards


Center Stage, in between the Transportation Terminal and Showplace

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Discover which new products at High Point Market were awarded this year's "Green Ribbon" based on their design, sustainability, and ingenuity. Judges are Sustainable Furnishings Council Ambassadors, and will share how they would incorporate these and other earth-friendly pieces into their upcoming projects. This panel discussion of several of the judges will be lively and informative.


2pm - 3pm, Sat. Oct. 18

Navigating Market like a Pro with The Cool Girl’s Guide to HPMKT


The Point (on Commerce Ave, one block from the Transportation Terminal)

Go from clueless to in-the-know with insider tips for Market from Marisa Wilson, author of The Cool Girl’s Guide, and Market veterans Traci Zeller and Arianne Bellizaire. They’ll be sharing everything from the best events to attend to showrooms you can’t miss. Where can I find this unique item I'm seeking? Who’s serving the best cocktails? Yep, we’ve got you covered. With 180 buildings and 2,000 showrooms, where do you even start? They’ll point you in the right direction. Learn how to maximize the packed schedule so you accomplish all your business goals AND have fun while you’re at it! Get The Cool Girl’s Guide to High Point Market in advance at

Speakers: Marisa Wilson, Traci Zeller, Arianne Bellizaire


2pm - 3pm, Sat. Oct. 18

The Big Shift: Why Circular Design is the Way of the Future


Center Stage, in between the Transportation Terminal and Showplace

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

The next generation of consumers are more mindful about the environment and climate change than ever before, and demand is high for the furnishings industry to shift from the linear make-take-toss lifecycle into more circular and sustainable practices. Join circular design expert Laurence Carr, as she hosts a lively discussion with industry pioneers and manufacturers, including Susan Inglis (SFC) and Kathryn Richardson (Libeco), who seek to replace the end-of-life concept with upcycling, shift toward renewable energy, reduce carbon emission, eliminate the use of toxic chemicals, and importantly, aim to eliminate waste.

Speakers: Laurence Carr, Susan Inglis, Kathryn Richardson